H1N1 Flu Virus Info

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Information for students

All indications point to an out of the ordinary flu season. Seminole State is working closely with the Seminole County Health Department to monitor flu conditions and the best steps to take concerning our students and the institution.

If you are absent from class because of the flu, you should notify your faculty member(s) to discuss and make-up work for missed classes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending you take the steps below to prevent the spread of flu at the College:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu: The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.
  • If you have flu or flu-like symptoms: Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Hand hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. Restrooms at all College sites are equipped with antibacterial soap.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes: Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Getting vaccinated: Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. If you are at higher risk for flu complications from 2009 H1N1 flu, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit the CDC's website.

We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available to us.

Maxine Oliver
Director, Safety & Security
Seminole State College